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May 2018 Update

May 2018 Update

Advancing Health Equity Workshop Exceeds Expectations.  FMAHealth’s Health Equity Tactic Team led an exciting Pre-Conference Workshop: Family Medicine: Advancing Health Equity at the AAFP’s combined Annual Chapter Leader Forum (ACLF) and National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) last month. The workshop engaged the audience in thoughtful and energetic group discussions designed to equip family medicine’s youngest cohort of leaders to become change agents leading the way to health equity.

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., Core Team Leader, kicked off the workshop by plainly stating family medicine’s collective goal as a specialty (reducing health disparities) and the compassion shared by every practicing family doctor or student in the room. She also highlighted the AAFP Center for Diversity and Health Equity’s EveryONE Project, an initiative launched by the AAFP last year to help achieve one of the AAFP’s strategic objectives – to “take a leadership role in addressing diversity and social determinants of health as they impact individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan and to strive for health equity.” For more information on the EveryONE Project, click here:

Other notable presentations included a motivational call to action by Denise Rodgers, M.D., and facilitation of both introspective and practical group exercises by Jewell Carr, M.D., Jennifer Edgoose, M.D., MPH, Brian Frank, M.D., Christina Kelly, M.D., and Kim Yu, M.D.

Danielle Jones, MPH, manager of the AAFP Center for Diversity and Health Equity, led a panel discussion with representatives from two local Kansas City patient advocacy groups and the Kansas City Health Department, who offered their perspectives on how family physicians can effectively partner with the community to improve health equity.

For more information on each of the workshop activities, see the full article on the AAFP’s website: Video content from the workshop will be available soon on

Increasing Investment in Primary Care.  Evidence continues to show solid returns on increased investment in primary care from states like Oregon and Rhode Island, among others.  To learn more about Oregon’s experience, see this article on the Case for Greater Investment in Primary Care. Here as well is Oregon’s Program Implementation Report.

FMAHealth is collaborating with the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) to sponsor a workshop on increasing investment in primary care. The workshop will be held on day two of the PCPCC’s annual meeting on November 8th in Washington, D.C. The workshop will focus on developing an action plan for increasing investment in primary care. The PCPCC includes among its members, major health insurance companies, employers, patient advocacy organizations, primary care professional organizations like the AAFP, and many other organizations with a stake in primary care – and in the importance of increasing investment in primary care.

Update from Health is Primary

Health is Primary and AAFP to Recognize Congressional Champions of Primary Care.  Look for the awards announcement on May 22 during the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC.

Health is Primary is focused on mental health in May. You can download our monthly toolkit at and help be a champion for mental health in America. June will focus on safe use of prescription medications.

New campaign videos are now available. Health is Primary has launched two new videos on the value and cost effectiveness of primary care. The new videos are available in the tool library at

Final Mainstage Session to be held at AAFP’s National Conference. Health is Primary will hold its final mainstage panel at the AAFP’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students on August 2 in Kansas City. This year’s session will focus on health equity. Click here to learn more about the conference and stayed tuned for updates on the panel discussion.

Health is Primary is sponsoring the Alliance for Health Policy’s Signature Series in 2018. This year we will focus on health care payment and aging. The first summit will focus on cost and will be held in Washington, D.C. on May 24. For those who cannot join in person, a video of the event will be available at

Join us on Twitter. Health is Primary now has more than 30K followers on Twitter! If you are not already a follower, we hope you will join the conversation about family medicine and the value of primary care in America.


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